Treatment for SPD

Hi,


my daughter is 9 and she has sensory issue with clothing, cant wear clothes with materials, silk, polyester, cant wear tight, tight clothes, and trousers. She also has tics. Are these related?

What can I do to help her sensory issue? We were advised to use a brush when she was young but I didnt find it effective but I have to say I couldn't manage to brush her skin regularly every day, now she is 9... what can we do at home? Will massage work?

Thx peggy

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Jan 04, 2012
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Daughter with sensory issues
by: Anonymous

my daughter is 10 yrs. old. she has had sensory issues since she was 2. she likes anything soft to be against her skin ( certain fabrics are not tolerated at all) She will not wear a coat. no long sleeves. No layered clothing,buttons,snaps,zippers.... No jeans, all pants and underwear must be pulled down below her hips ( underwear is worn even lower) I have to order her uniform shirts for school in the biggest size that I can and she still stretches out the neck and sleeves to the point of ripping everyday before she puts them on. She has always hated a carseat and the boosterseat, now she hates the seatbelt. Anything that confines her. She seems to be getting worse as she pulls all chairs far from a table to eat. She is a very strong willed child also, which contributes to all of this I am sure. I never took her for treatment or therapy, and did not do the brushing technique when she was young. No way she would have let me near her with a brush!.....She doesn't like her hair or nails cut, and won't let me brush her hair. Some of this does run in my husbands family. My husband and his parents have issues with clothing.. I am losing my patience......Please help!!!!!!

Dec 22, 2011
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This might help
by: Anonymous

My DD is very tactile defensive and we have had many problems with clothes. We tried these things and were successful more times often than not. My DD identified her very sensitive areas, areas that really hurt when wearing clothes, socks and shoes. Then we went shopping and tried on several styles. Since my DD waist is the problem area, we found yoga pants- she either pulls them up to her chin-lol or down under her hips.

Also, underwear is a big problem- she is currently wearing a leotard under her clothes. The tighter the better, it seems to spread out the sensation. IN OT, we were advised to a major motor activity, once every 2 hours, walking, jumping on the trampoline- we have 2, a mini one and a big one, also bouncing on or sitting on a big workout ball, things like this help to reset her. We have found that on clothes, sometimes doing habitation works- that is wearing a new piece of clothing for longer and longer periods. This is done working for rewards- make the reward greater than the problem- also being distracted while dressing, allowing an extra long time to transition from one type of clothing to another- like getting out of pj's and into clothes- my dd has to have at least 30 minutes or more. As she got older, peer pressure helped her move into jeans and other clothes that she could not tolerate.

Watch the weather, your child might be sensitive to extreme barometric pressure changes. Work with your OT on every issue. We used to rub my DD's arms and legs, instead of brushing. Keep trying different things and in clothes- always line dry. You'll find that as your DD gets older, this will get better.

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